CLASSICS and GENERAL LOSS:

A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
Written after his wife's tragic death as a way of surviving the "mad midnight moment," A Grief Observed is C.S. Lewis's honest reflection on the fundamental issues of life, death, and faith in the midst of loss.

On Grief and Grieving: Finding the Meaning of Grief through the Five Stages of Loss by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler
Ten years after the death of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, this commemorative edition of her final book combines practical wisdom, case studies, and the authors’ own experiences and spiritual insight to explain how the process of grieving helps us live with loss. Includes a new introduction and resources section.

The Grief Recovery Handbook 20th Anniversary Expanded Edition: The Action Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce and Other Losses by John W. James and Russell Friedman
Newly updated and expanded to commemorate its twentieth anniversary—this classic resource helps people complete the grieving process and move toward recovery and happiness.

Grief is a Journey: Finding Your Path through Loss by Ken Doka
In this groundbreaking book, Dr. Kenneth Doka explores a new, compassionate way to grieve, explaining that grief is not an illness to get over but an individual and ongoing journey.

Understanding Your Suicide Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing Your Heart (Understanding Your Grief) by Alan D. Wolfelt
Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner's need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss.

LOSS OF SPOUSE:

Finding Your Way After Your Spouse Dies by Marta Felber
There is nothing you need more than the warm, reassuring voice of one who has traveled this path before… and survived after suffering the death of a spouse.

LOSS OF CHILD:

Beyond Tears: Living after Losing a Child by Ellen Mitchell, Rita Volpe and Ariella Long
Meant to comfort and give direction to bereaved parents, Beyond Tears is written by nine mothers who have each lost a child. This revised edition includes a new chapter written from the perspective of surviving siblings.

See also: the national support group THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS

LOSS OF PARENT:

The Orphaned Adult: Understanding and Coping with Grief and Change After the Death of Our Parent by Alexander Levy
Losing our parents when we ourselves are adults is in the natural order of things, a rite of passage into true adulthood. But whether we lose them suddenly or after a prolonged illness, and whether we were close to or estranged from them, this passage proves inevitably more difficult than we thought it would be.

Grief Diaries: Surviving the Loss of a Parent by Lynda Cheldelin Fell and Christine Duminiak
A collection of intimate and candid narrations from different writers about their journey through losing a mother or father. In chapter one, each writer bravely penned the moment when their familiar lives disappeared along with their parent's last breath.

Motherless Daughters: The Legacy of Loss 20th Anniversary Edition by Hope Edelman
Ask any woman whose mother has died, and she will tell you that she is irrevocably altered, as deeply changed by her mother's death as she was by her mother's life.

AFTER SUICIDE:

Dying to Be Free: A Healing Guide for Families after a Suicide by Beverly Cobain and Jean Larch
Surviving the heartbreak of a loved one's suicide - you don't have to go through it alone.

SUDDEN DEATH:

I Wasn’t Ready to Say Goodbye: Surviving, Coping and Healing after the Sudden Death of a Loved One by Brook Noel and Pamela Blair PhD
This updated edition of the best-selling bereavement classic will touch, comfort, uplift and console.